The Odder Coast may be lovely in the summer but, in the winter, it is irresistible. During the cold months, Odder is steeped in Danish “hygge”. Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa in one of the town’s cafés and let your children sledge in the snow.
When the snow is falling, children are in their element. The dress code says snowsuit and the activity is snowball fights or races on one of the good local sledge runs. We have good personal experience with several wonderful sledge runs in the Vejlskoven forest, just south of Odder and the Skovbakken which is located in central Odder. When ice-cold air hits Denmark, the firefighters are wont to pass by VitaPark where they create an artificial ice rink.
Are you up for testing limits? Along the beaches of the Odder Coast, the blue sea is calling to you. There are winter bathing clubs at both Rude Beach and Hou where you can take on the ice-cold water. Getting into the water for the first time takes effort, but believe us – you will feel the benefits, both in your body and your soul.
After a cold day in the Odder winter landscape, it is nice to get inside where it is warm. In the public swimming pool of Spektrum Odder, you can have an amazing sensory experience which is guaranteed to warm you up. The swimming pool arranges aromatic steam baths, known as “saunagus” or “aufguss sauna”, which is a wellness treatment consisting of essential oils being mixed with water and this mixture being poured over burning hot sauna stones. The sauna master, or “aufguss master” then spreads the aromas and steams using different fanning techniques. This is a good way to slow down from the hustle and bustle of everyday living.
Although the high season may have long passed, the area has far from closed up shop. Most attractions stay open all year round and, while the days grow shorter and the dark evenings longer, there is a special atmosphere in town.
Go to the centre of town and explore the shops and admire the many lights brightening up the cold winter. The many eateries will lure you inside with offerings of hot tea or cocoa and good food. Afterwards, you can immerse yourself in a good film in the Biffen cinema, find a good book, some music or play a game at the library or maybe explore the interesting exhibitions as Odder Museum. There are plenty of options.
Nothing is as cosy as Denmark around Christmas. The streets are covered with pine, pixies and warm Christmas lighting. There are stalls selling Christmas goodies such as burnt almonds, small spherical batter cakes known as “æbleskiver” and mulled wine or “glogg” and, everywhere you look, there are happy and excited people. Every year at the square, Torvet, in Odder, the local chamber of commerce Køb Odder arranges festive Christmas activities and experiences throughout December. Watch the lights of the large Christmas tree being switched on, meet Santa Claus and enjoy the Christmas music while sorting out the Christmas presents at your leisure.
In the countryside, Christmas markets are held like pearls on a string and they are guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit. At Fru Møllers Mølleri, the Christmas season is started with a large market where you can sample homemade Christmas food or hunt for Christmas presents in the many stalls.
Throughout December, Odder is transformed into a Christmas Wonderland. Get an overall idea of the many Christmas events for both children and grownups in the VisitOdder calendar.